CES 2014: Chip Makers Collaborate — And Diversify

Bringing my thoughts together from International CES 2014, I was struck by the extent of diversification – chips, devices, platforms, and especially end-markets. There was, as always, a dizzying amount of information, gadgets, solutions, and futuristic dreams. But two themes really stand out as likely capturing the next phase of the semiconductor and electronics industry:…

Broadcom Sales Up Nearly 4%

Irvine, Calif. — Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today reported unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. The Company also announced a nine percent increase to its quarterly dividend. “In 2013 Broadcom delivered record revenue in all three…

What Apple’s Sales Cut Means for Purchasing

A 20 percent reduction in Apple Inc.’s iPhone forecast as speculated in some quarters may spell relief for many procurement and purchasing professionals at small and medium OEMs and EMS providers. When demand for Apple devices are at record highs, it’s obvious component buyers at even many of its bigger rivals feel pressured; It’s not…